Iraq: Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga deployed to Kirkuk amidst fears of Iraqi escalation

Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were deployed to Kirkuk by the Kurdish Regional Government amidst fears of an attack from the Iraqi army, Saturday. The Peshmerga have refused to hand over key military positions in Kirkuk to the Iraqi central government. Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been given until Sunday at 2am to hand over military facilities and oil fields in the disputed city of... Еще Kirkuk. Iraqi forces have increased their presence in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, following last month's Kurdish independence referendum that was held in the face of opposition from Baghdad.

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